- As of mid July 2020, UPGro researchers have published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers directly, and used elements of UPGro work or partnerships to publish a further 60.
- 1 paper published in Nature and 2 in Nature Communications.
- Substantial interdisciplinary primary data collected from across 7 African countries and will be made available through the NERC national data centre (after embargo period)
- By mid-July 2020, UPGro journal papers had been cited in more than 1,400 third-party academic papers and numerous influential national and international reports on water, climate and international development.
- 46% of papers had women as first or second author, 27% had African first or second authors.
- 45% of papers were interdisciplinary – bringing social and physical science together to generate policy-relevant evidence.
Main Science Findings:
- Groundwater, Poverty and Vulnerability: Links between groundwater access and poverty are complex and sensitive to context [S2]
- Groundwater and Economic Development: Groundwater can de-risk economic growth [S3]
- Groundwater Resources, Recharge and Climate Resilience: improved understanding of African (and Tropical) recharge processes. Climate change may enhance groundwater recharge in arid and semi-arid areas, presenting opportunities for long-term management as part of national climate adaptation strategies. [S4]
- Groundwater Resources, Recharge and Climate Resilience: investment in local investigations, mapping and monitoring unlocks economic potential and resilience [S5]
- Groundwater Resources, Recharge and Climate Resilience: no substantial decline in the volume of water stored in the major aquifer basins over the last 15 years, but there major localised risk areas. [S6]
- Groundwater Quality: Bacteriological contamination of groundwater is likely to be a significant barrier to achieving safely managed water services under SDG6, but this can be tackled by improved construction practices. [S7]
- Groundwater Quality: Testing of shallow groundwater in urban areas confirmed widespread contamination and health risks, and some contaminants not previously detected or tested for. New sensor methods developed. [S8]
- Rural Water Services: New methods of water point functionality developed and tested [S9]
- Rural Water Services: Affordable maintenance and repair are one of the main predictors of borehole functionality, highlighting the need for effective management models to address poor functionality. [S10]
- Agriculture & Livelihoods: Access to groundwater is associated with improved agricultural production, reduced agricultural risk, and improved livelihoods [S11]
- Agriculture & Livelihoods: Knowledge sharing approaches, such as RAINWATCH and Farmer Radio, can be used to increase resilience by communicating climate and groundwater forecasts with farmers [S12]
- Governance and Institutions: Participatory, community-led approaches, such as Transition Management, can provide new and collaborative ways of using and managing urban groundwater. [S13]
- Governance and Institutions: Numerical groundwater models can be used to assess the sustainability of different groundwater scenarios to inform groundwater management and planning. [S14]
References and further information
- UPGro Peer Reviewed Journal Papers and Book Chapters
- Related work by UPGro researchers – not directly funded through UPGro
- UPGro-based PhD/MSc theses
- Data from UPGro research
- Project reports and briefings
- Presentations and peer-review conference abstracts, papers and posters
- Africa Groundwater Atlas
- Africa Groundwater Literature Archive